Thursday, September 16, 2010
I was snapping pictures at baseball on Saturday, and caught Nate mid-stutter. The picture doesn't adequately express the physical strain his stutter puts on his upper body, but you can begin to see the strain around his eyes and some around his throat and mouth.
His stutter is more than just his speech. On the worst days, it's a physical struggle that takes a toll on his young body.
He's working with the same speech pathologist as last year, but instead of the solo meetings of last year, he is with a group of 3 other children with different speech impediments. I don't see much progress since he has returned to speech therapy, and I think it is partly because of the lack of individualized attention and partly because of the adjustment of going to school. He has shared his frustration with me that he doesn't have as many opportunities to practice his speech this year because of the group setting.
I'm beginning to formulate some plans to get him additional help, but until then we'll continue to listen patiently, educate others, and remind him to breathe. It's a constant struggle for him, and this picture begins to share some of that struggle.